Amsterdam, Netherlands (Marketwire January 19, 2010) Number Resource Organization (NRO), official representative of the five regional Internet registries (RIR, by its acronym in English) which oversees the allocation of all Internet numbering resources, announced today that unallocated less than 10 percent of available IPv4 addresses. This small pool of existing IP addresses marks a critical moment in the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses that, ultimately, will affect the future operations of all companies and organizations the world network. This is a key milestone in the growth and development of the global Internet, noted Axel Pawlik, Chairman of NRO. With less than 10 percent of the range of IPv4 addresses still available to be allocated to the RIRs, it is vital that the Internet community take a categorical and carefully thought-out measure to ensure the global adoption of IPv6. The shortage of IPv4 addresses will not allow us to have adequate resources to achieve the goal all covet: global access to the Internet. The deployment of IPv6 is a development of key infrastructure that will allow the network to support the billions of people and devices that will connect in the coming years, added Pawlik. The Internet Protocol is a set of technical standards that defines how devices communicate over a network. Currently, there are two versions of IP: IPv4 and IPv6.
IPv6 includes a modern numbering system that offers a much larger than the IPv4 address pool. With so few IPv4 addresses remaining, NRO urges all stakeholders of the Internet to plan immediate investments necessary to implement IPv6. NRO, together with each of the RIR comes actively promoting the implementation of IPv6 for several years through community outreach, lectures, conferences and media. To date, their concerted efforts have shown positive results in the call to the adoption of IPv6. Since availability is lower to 10 per cent, NRO continues its call that Internet stakeholders, including Governments, providers, companies, telecommunications operators and end-users, fulfilled their duties in the IPv6 adoption, and encourages the following measures in particular: the business sector must provide services and platforms with capacity for IPv6, including web hosting and equipmentthereby ensuring accessibility for users of this Protocol.